By Ashley N Procanyn:
New York City
Polka Cuzzins! Many of you are wondering, Who is
Walt Procanyn? Well, I am here to tell you about him.
Walt Procanyn is an accordionist
and bandleader who currently resides in Woodside, the Queens
section of the Big Apple. Walts well known throughout the
Big Band and Polka circle as a maverick and innovator. He has
revolutionized the polka industry by incorporating the big band
sound in what used to be traditional polka music.
Walt began showing the world
of his polka music when he was still in high school. He recorded
his very first album, Ukrainian Polka Time for Crystal
Tone Records in New Your City.
He then recorded several albums
for Arc International Records in Toronto, Canada. He is currently
recording exclusively for Eastwind International Artists in New
York City. He has recorded over thirty-nine albums. His professional
musical training and his Ukrainian and Polish background has
influenced his music throughout his life. Walt said, I
always have a love for the lilting sounds of big band and polka
In the U.S. Navy, he was in
the Special Service. He placed first in the All-Navy Talent Contest
by beating out several hundred swabbys. For many
years the Walt Procanyn Bandstand Big Band and Polka Show was
heard in and around the Baltimore-Washington-Delaware area. Mr.
Procanyn was booking many of the top-notch bands from around the
country, as well as the big name bands of Glen Miller, Tommy
Dorsey, Sammy K, and Guy Lombardo at the Eastwind Million Dollar
Ballroom in Baltimore. He was among a handful of people responsible
for not only keeping the polka music alive, but as well as making
Walt felt that the polka sound
was failing to attract a new and younger audience. It was always
his goal to record and present a new and bigger sound that would
attract a new following. He thought that he could rejuvenate
the polka sound. People in that industry, however were less enthusiastic.
They chuckled when he first mentioned the idea, but Mr. Pro is
not easily disordered. And, like his name says, he works hard
to achieve his goals! He reworked some traditional polkas with
a big band sound, and then took his sound to the people! His
polka cuzzins marveled at his new concept in sound.
Walt Procanyn speaks most fondly
of a benefit that he and his band performed at the Zembos
Shrine Temple in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the childrens
burn unit. Performing for charitable causes brings great joy
and satisfaction to the Walt Procanyn Orchestra. Walts
musical direction is by no means limited to just polka music
though, he and his Big Band are quite proficient at playing the
popular Big Bans sounds.
Today, Walts latest CD
is, Music of Your Life, which according to DJ Greg
Drust from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is, His best work yet.
And that Walt plays it as it was, and tells it as it is.
Mr. Drust says, Music of Your Life includes velvet
sounds of the Big Band, stunning acappella vocals, powerhouse
polkas, and lush instrumentals. And, for the first time
ever, he introduces you to the new sounds of his new Mariachi
Band. Plus, Music of Your Life is his most diverse
album ever, including songs from Mariachi, gospel, to ballads,
and traditional polka and big band sounds. It has something truly
for everyone!! No one plays big band and polka music any better.
Now that you have met Walt Procanyn, and have been enlightened
to the popular history of the Walt Procanyn Orchestra, why not
contact him at: PO Box 770044 Woodside, New York, 11377-0044
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tune in to the Walt Procanyn
Bandstand Show heard on www.247polkaheaven.com every Saturday
night, 7-8 pm plus various other times, over the course of the
So, like the old Pro himself says, Goodbye, Good Luck
and may the Good Lord take a likin to ya! And, by the way,
don't rush to get to Heaven, it can wait awhile!!
Bye Polka Cuzzins! Hope to cya really soon!